Sky Saxon dies

Amid the media frenzy surrounding the death of Michael Jackson, the death of Sky Saxon went largely unreported.

Sky Sunlight Saxon, lead singer of cult '60s band The Seeds, passed away on 25 June at St David's South Austin Hospital in Austin, Texas.

Saxon - born Richard Elvern Marsh - died of heart and kidney failure, due to an undiagnosed infection of his internal organs.

Influenced by the Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Yardbirds, The Seeds were called "one of the most important groups to come out of the Los Angeles area" by Lenny Kaye who featured the band in his influential Nuggets album collection. The 1972 album was a huge influence on US and UK punk rock.

Seeds tracks have been covered by artists diverse as The Ramones and Garbage, and Can't Seem To Make You Mine was even used by Lynx body spray for a recent TV advert.